All eyes were on Idrissa Gueye yesterday as the Blues fought off the advances of Paris St Germain during the month to keep the defensive midfielder, so it was no surprise that the Senegalese international was one of the main subjects during Marco Silva’s pre-match press conference today.
“It’s good for us as a club and for me as a manager [to keep Gana]. When a club like PSG has a big interest in one of our players it means we’re doing a good job.
“The January market is really tough, because the market is open when you’re playing and training. Of course it was a good opportunity for Gane, but it’s a fantastic opportunity to stay with us also.
“I know Gueye is a good professional and a fantastic boy. He enjoys playing here.”
When asked if the Blues had been interested in any players during the window, Silva refused to be drawn into the conversation.
“I don’t talk about other players, it’s not the moment to talk about that.”
Silva went on to provide an injury update and Everton’s situation is fast turning into a crisis.
Phil Jagielka and Yerry Mina have not trained and will miss the game against Wolves tomorrow, while Idrissa Gueye and Leighton Baines are both doubtful and will face late fitness tests before the game. Leftback Lucas Digne is suspended for this clash following his sending off against Huddersfield Town midweek.
Against a speedy and skilled side like the Wolves, this puts Silva in a difficult situation especially if both Gueye and Baines miss out. Digne was on the bench last game as a spare centrehalf, and with him out Under-23 captain Morgan Feeney could be on the bench while Seamus Coleman and Jonjoe Kenny play as fullbacks. We’ll have more in our Projected Lineup piece a little later in the day.